9th Nigeria Head of State, Ernest Shonekan dies at 85
The former Nigeria leader and the head of the Interim National Government, Chief Ernest Shonekan passed away today 11th January 2022.
Shonekan who is also the 9th Nigeria Head of state, succeeded the military junta of General Ibrahim Babangida, died in Lagos at the age of 85.
He was the Chairman of the interim National Government between August 26 and November 17 1993 when he was ousted in a palace coup led by late General Sani Abacha who was Secretary of Defence.
Chief Ernest Adegunle Oladeinde Shonekan GCFR (9 May 1936 – 11 January 2022), titled Abese of Egbalandfrom 1981 (in addition to a variety of other chieftaincy titles), was a Nigerian lawyer and statesman who served as the interim Head of State of Nigeria from 26 August 1993 to 17 November 1993.
Prior to his political career, shonekan was the chairman and chief executive of the united african company of Nigeria (successor of the niger company), a vast Nigerian conglomerate, which at the time was the largest African-controlled company in sub-saharan Africa.